By Rosemary Herbert
Who populates the pages of crime and secret writing? who're the characters we willingly persist with into the secret genre's uneasy imaginitive territory? And who created these characters within the first position? What existence adventure and services informs their paintings? What are the resources in their issues, nearby accents, or even the axes that a few grind? Why perform a little desire to supply us an exceptional snicker, whereas others appear hell-bent on making us shudder?
Whodunit? solutions those questions and extra. the following secret professional Rosemary Herbert brings jointly enlightening and unique details on enormous quantities of vintage and modern characters and authors. Some--such as P.D. James, Ian Rankin, Sherlock Holmes, and Kinsey Millhone--appear in person entries. nonetheless extra maintain corporation in articles approximately characters we recognize, equivalent to the Clerical Sleuth, and in items approximately these we adore to hate, together with the Femme Fatale and Con Artist. there's even a piece of writing on a determine that haunts such a lot of nice works of mystery--The Corpse.
Drawing at the Edgar Award-nominated quantity The Oxford spouse to Crime & secret Writing, Herbert provides one zero one new entries at the most well-liked new names in works starting from confusing whodunits to chilling crime novels.
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Fond of darts, beer, and plain food, he is identifiable by his untidy ginger mustache and cockney speech. In his investigations Beef relies on doggedness and skepticism, interviewing relentlessly and recording all in a large notebook. When he is not promoted to Scotland Yard after two successful cases, he resigns to become a ^private detective. His cases are chronicled by the prim Lionel (sometimes Stuart) Townsend. Beef consistently reproaches Townsend for failing to make him famous, or at least as well known as other sleuths; Townsend in turn laments the poor material with which he has to work.
A farcical mystery about a writer who holes up in an allegedly haunted inn to finish a story, Baldpate was adapted for the stage by George M. Cohan and subsequently filmed several times. Biggers, whose fictional impulses to pen humorously observed romance and gentle satire seemed perfectly in tune with the tastes and requirements of his time, followed by other romantic mystery melodramas, Love Insurance (1914) and The Agony Column (1916), and several more plays. Moving west to Pasadena, California, for health reasons, Biggers wrote for motion pictures.